Thursday, May 14, 2009

Differently Married

Back from vacation, and read this fascinating op-ed in/on about a "gay marriage" with a twist. The writer, Jennifer, married his wife in 1988. Jennifer was then male. But Jennifer was born male and is MTF (male to female) trans. Jennifer and her wife are still married, legally, at least in some states.

Here is the insanity passage about gender laws and marriage, which is different in each state:
A lawyer for the transgendered plaintiff in the Littleton case noted the absurdity of the country’s gender laws as they pertain to marriage: “Taking this situation to its logical conclusion, Mrs. Littleton, while in San Antonio, Tex., is a male and has a void marriage; as she travels to Houston, Tex., and enters federal property, she is female and a widow; upon traveling to Kentucky she is female and a widow; but, upon entering Ohio, she is once again male and prohibited from marriage; entering Connecticut, she is again female and may marry; if her travel takes her north to Vermont, she is male and may marry a female; if instead she travels south to New Jersey, she may marry a male.”

Crazy, eh?

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